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Traffic delays expected across Tauranga

Main routes across Tauranga city are expected to be gridlocked from around 2pm today as a motorcade of vehicles sets off to deliberately disrupt and slow down traffic. Photo: File/SunLive

Motorists have been warned to expect delays on Saturday afternoon as anti-lockdown activists gear up to block roads across Tauranga in the latest stage of polarising protests.

The Freedoms & Rights Coalition, founded by Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki, threatened to gridlock traffic in all main centres around New Zealand on Saturday if its demands to drop Covid restrictions by Friday were not met.

The Government did not accede to the controversial coalition’s demands and on Friday evening its social media channels duly announced the action would go ahead.

Vehicular protests are taking place in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Nelson, Wellington and Whangārei.

Main routes across Tauranga city are expected to be gridlocked from around 2pm today as a motorcade of vehicles sets off to deliberately disrupt and slow down traffic.

Motorists driving too slowly and/or blocking traffic can be fined $150 and receive 20 remerit points.

The protesters say they have four demands for the Government: to remove vaccination mandates immediately, revoke the traffic light system, lift the Auckland borders and move New Zealand to level one.

A police spokeswoman says in a statement they are aware of the protest “and will continue to monitor activity”.

“Police officers will maintain a presence and will respond to events as appropriate at the time."

The coalition was responsible for several large scale gatherings at the Auckland Domain. Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki is facing charges for allegedly organising the gatherings.

Destiny member Paul Thompson, who recently tested positive for Covid is also facing charges in relation to the gathering.

The Tauranga sector of the coalition was responsible for gatherings at Coronation Park on Saturday October 16, and at Memorial Park on Saturday October 30.  A 43-year-old man was arrested and charged with failing to comply with an order under Covid-19 regulations.

“As with previous large gatherings, police may follow up on any identified offences or breaches at a later time," says a Police spokeswoman in response to a query about the planned traffic disruption.

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Cynical Me

Posted on 14-11-2021 08:39 | By surfsup

I can’t believe you cannot see how stupid your reply was. The idiots who took part in this had no concern or respect for the rest of the population. Protest as much as you want in your space but don’t interrupt my way of life otherwise you are simply hypocrites.

Ashamed of the useful idiots

Posted on 14-11-2021 02:06 | By

Look at these comments....you have been wearing masks, taken experimental drugs in your arm, been in lockdown, possibly lost your job or business and suddenly you’re upset over a few hours of traffic inconvenience. So quick to allow all our freedoms to be taken. You should all be ashamed of your cringeworthy collaboration with a totalitarian tyranny.

The

Posted on 13-11-2021 18:43 | By Merlin

The Destiny Church the organisers are not showing any respect for the reasons for the law to get us out of or save lives from this pandemic. More like they don’t care about people getting Covid and I would have thought that is not how God would like them to behave. About 90% are doing the right thing to help save serious illness or deaths.

sooo

Posted on 13-11-2021 18:01 | By

basically everyday traffic in tauranga. nothing new here waka kotahi does that all the time.

idiot

Posted on 13-11-2021 17:05 | By

lock the idiot up both of them. when you look at the followers they are just as bad, he is a leach on the poor so he can get millions for what nothing, self proclaimed idiot.

Danger Man

Posted on 13-11-2021 17:03 | By usandthem

When will New Zealanders start to realise that Brian Tamaki is the most dangerous person in the country simply because of the way he manipulates others to his own selfish way of thinking.Remember Jim Jones back in the 80’s and the other idiot from the Branch Dividians in Wako ,Texas.

Good on em

Posted on 13-11-2021 16:28 | By

I don’t know why all the complaining. I thought sheep liked being huddled together. If they think and act like sheep, then be treated like sheep. Enjoy.

It will be interesting

Posted on 13-11-2021 15:19 | By

It will be interesting when this clown leads these easily led people to a place where they lose their jobs and freedom to fly, attend events etc. I saw three on push bikes and a bare chested runner in the rain holding up the traffic into Bethlehem earlier

@ surfsup

Posted on 13-11-2021 15:12 | By

Well said mate, well said. What in the world do these idiots think they’re going achieve apart from piising everyone else off. Ticket the lot of them although that said who is deliberate and who is a victim of their selfish, self centered arrogance. To all of you that took part in this, you’re nothing more than thoughtless, reckless idiots and can each be utterly disgusted with yourself. GO HOME.

Surfsup

Posted on 13-11-2021 14:27 | By Cynical Me

Apparently it is ok if you chose to do the same. so what are you complaining about? If you have a free chose what can’t they?

Protest

Posted on 13-11-2021 14:26 | By

Brian Tamaki is yet again showing himself to be what he is! Someone wanting the spotlight and to Hell with the rest of us! Shame there are so many brain washed people out there! At least the majority of us have done the right thing and got vaccinated!

They don't care how they endanger Kiwis

Posted on 13-11-2021 14:24 | By michelem

If they were real spiritual leaders, they would be concerned to safeguard their flock. They are not concerned either with their parishioners or their freedom. They just after the attention, spreading misinformation and discord.

If I Offend

Posted on 13-11-2021 14:03 | By FRANKS

the police will give me a ticket if I am over 5km above the speed limit but they will ONLY observe and monitor these idiots. Whose side are they on????

The Freedoms & Rights Coalition

Posted on 13-11-2021 12:39 | By surfsup

So the Freedom and rights coalition thinks it’s ok to take away my freedom and rights to move around the city i live in freely. A complete bunch of selfish people, easily manipulated by a man who is the exact opposite of what a leader and so call man of god should be.

protest

Posted on 13-11-2021 12:18 | By dumbkof2

no jab, no job, no govt handouts, no free medical treatments